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Donation will help Woodburn Fire District as it offers CPR classes to area residents

COURTESY PHOTO: WOODBURN FIRE DISTRICT - Woodburn Fire District receives a grant from the Woodburn Eagles that will go toward CPR classes for residents within the district.Woodburn Eagles presented the Woodburn Fire District with a $1,700 donation that will be used to support the fire district's community CPR program.

The July 15 donation will reduce the tuition cost for community members learning CPR. The district offers CPR classes several times a month at the main station. The instruction includes scheduling options for Spanish speakers and is funded by tuition charges, typically $80 for each participant.

Donations from the Eagles, local businesses and other civic groups, make scholarships available to offset the cost of the CPR training.

Public safety officials stress that sudden cardiac arrest is a leading cause of death in the United States with about 745,000 cases annually. WFD's community CPR program aims at the critical role that bystander CPR plays in the chain of survival for a person experiencing a cardiac arrest.

The American Heart Association reports that the chance of cardiac arrest survival drops about 8% for every minute that passes without CPR. When CPR is initiated prior to the arrival of paramedics, recovery dramatically increases. Family members, friends and co-workers trained in CPR are often in the best position to provide life-saving intervention.

For information about the community CPR classes, sign-ups and sponsorship opportunities, visit or call the main fire station at 503-982-2360.

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